Lifelong Westport resident Jane Caroline Warren Koeller, a World War II veteran, died Feb. 26 at Connecticut Health of Southport. She was 86.
Koeller, a fourth-generation Westporter, was born May 21, 1924, in Westport. Upon graduating from Staples High School in 1942, she attended St. Luke's School of Nursing in New York City.
During World War II, Koeller joined WAVES, a division of the U.S. Navy that consisted entirely of woman. She married Joseph Koeller, her husband of 63 years, in 1947.
From 1948 to 1951, Koeller worked at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City in the medical records department. Later, she worked for the town of Westport in the selectman's office and then in the personnel office from 1960 until her retirement in 1986.
Koeller was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. She loved the arts, opera especially, and animals.
She is survived by her daughter Joanne of New York City and Westport; her nephew and godson, John Goldhurst of Westport; nephews Richard and David Wood, both of Monroe, N.C.; brother-in-law Richard Goldhurst of Westport; and her beloved caretakers, Dorothy Williams, Hyacinth Stainerod, Wiline Louis-Sidne and Ignasce Soussrant. She was predeceased by her husband and her sister, Doris Warren Goldhurst.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 19, at 11 a.m. at Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 75 Church Lane. Burial will precede the memorial service at 10 a.m. in Assumption Cemetery, 73 Greens Farms Road. The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road E., Westport is assisting the family with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to the Joe Koeller Award, Staples Tuition Grants, P.O. Box 5159, Westport, CT 06881-5159.
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